This is part six of eight posts about your chakras. We started with your root chakra, have moved now to your throat chakra and are working our way up to your crown.
The throat chakra, or visuddha, is the fifth chakra and it the first of the higher or spiritual chakras. This chakra is located in the region of the neck and shoulders. The gift of this chakra is accepting your originality, expressing your authentic voice and speaking your truth.
The energy of this chakra allows you to seek knowledge that is true, beyond limitations of time and space, beyond cultural and family conditioning. The fifth chakra is linked directly to your personal integrity and sense of honor. As a communication center, it not only allows you to express who you are and what you stand for, but also allows you to listen deeply to others.
An open visuddha chakra allows you to be a good listener, it enables you to have experiences of being heard.
Blocked throat chakra is usually associated with self-expression problems, deception, manipulative communication. The key to healing your fifth chakra is to be honest with yourself and others. Sing, talk to yourself, write a blog – do things that stimulate your ability to communicate with yourself and with the world.
Or, hit the mat! Plow pose, or halasana, is an excellent posture for opening both the throat and heart chakras. Please ease yourself into this pose though. Both the throat and the heart are protected in the front and exposed and opened at the back. This is different from how we usually open the throat or heart chakra. Most of the time we open the front of the body. We are doing something new here. Changing our pattern of opening.
Lie on your back with your arms by your side. Breathe in. On an out breath, bend your knees and bring your thighs up towards your belly. Engage your core muscles and lift your bottom off the floor. Place your hands on your lower back and begin to straighten your legs upwards. Stabilize in this posture and take a few breaths. Allow your face, scalp, and neck to release. Observe your breath. When you feel you released tension from your face, neck and shoulders and your breathing is even and steady, slowly drop one leg behind your head. If your breath remains steady, drop the other leg behind your head. Hold the posture for few breaths and visualize your throat and heart chakra gently opening to the power and flow of energy.
Here are a few variations to play with: